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Michigan reports 24 new outbreaks at schools, universities

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday that 24 outbreaks have been recorded in Michigan schools and universities within the last week, affecting 124 people.

While 18 pre-kindergarten to grade 12 schools made the latest list of outbreaks, most have small numbers of cumulative cases, ranging from two to 11. Holy Redeemer Grade School in Detroit had the most, with 11 cumulative cases impacting students and staff.  Overall, a total of 85 students and staff are affected in the latest outbreaks in pre-K to grade 12.

Six colleges and universities were on the list of new outbreaks with cumulative cases ranging from two to 20. Saginaw Valley State University had the most for the week, with 20 cumulative cases. A total of 39 cases of COVID-19 involving mostly students was on the list at the six universities that included Grand Rapids Community College (2 cases), Michigan Technological University (2), Cornerstone University (2), Mott Community College (3) and Finlandia University (10).

The data come from COVID-19 outbreaks reported by local health departments each week to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. An outbreak is defined as two or more COVID-19 cases among people who are from different households but may have shared exposure.

A separate chart reports ongoing outbreaks at 40 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools and 20 colleges and universities across the state.

Alma Luce Road, an early-childhood learning center in Alma, has had the most ongoing cumulative number of cases for K-12 schools: 31 students and staff members.

But colleges continue to have the most number of cases in ongoing outbreaks, with 4,465 cumulative cases affecting students and staff.

The University of Michigan joined Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University as the top three schools with the highest number of cumulative COVID-19 cases, according to figures reported by state health department officials.

MSU has the highest number of cumulative COVID-19 cases with 1,420 cases among students listed under the reported schools with ongoing outbreaks. Last week, state reports showed MSU had 1,295 cases.

GVSU has 879 cumulative cases among students, the second-highest school with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.

Recent Michigan State doctorate graduates Leah Mungai, left, and Dee Jordan wore protective masks while having their photos taken in the graduation robes in September.

Western Michigan University has 607 cumulative cases, the school with the third-highest number of cases with an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Last week, Western Michigan University had 453 cumulative cases.

UM's Ann Arbor campus has 535 cumulative cases among students and staff, up from last week when state officials reported a cumulative 295 cases; Central Michigan University had 323 cumulative COVID-19 cases among students and Adrian College and had 251 cumulative cases among students and staff. 

The department began identifying schools with outbreaks in mid-September.

More schools are here.

kkozlowski@detroitnews.com